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Brooke Gladstone

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Giant Eagle Auditorium (Baker Hall A51)

Journalist Brooke Gladstone will discuss the role of the media in a lecture titled, “The Media are a Force... but for what?” Gladstone is the co-host and managing editor of the National Public Radio (NPR) show On the Media and the author of the book The Influencing Machine. She has worked for NPR since 1987 in a variety of positions, including foreign correspondent in Moscow. Gladstone is the recipient of many awards, including two Peabody Awards, which are awarded in recognition of distinguished public service by radio and television stations.

Kartik Chandran

Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Kartik Chandran will deliver a talk titled, “Re-thinking water quality, policy and health — An elemental approach.” Chandran, an assistant professor at Columbia University’s department of earth and environmental engineering, will discuss the problems with current methods of wastewater treatment and will present alternative methods that provide benefits in addition to clean water.

Chandran leads the Columbia University Biomolecular Environmental Science program and the Wastewater Treatment and Climate Change program. He is currently designing and implementing a sanitation model in Africa, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This event is part of the Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture exhibit, currently on display at the Miller Gallery.

Lenore Blum

Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Rashid Auditorium (Gates Hillman Complex 4401)

In celebration of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday, computer science professor Lenore Blum will deliver an encore presentation of her talk “Alan Turing and the Other Theory of Computation.” Blum’s lecture discusses Turing’s role in the “other theory of computation,” which focuses on numerical analysis and continuous mathematics.

Gordon Hutner

Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Rangos 3

University of Illinois English professor Gordon Hutner will deliver a talk titled, “Writing the Literary History of the 21st Century: A Brief Introduction.” Hunter will describe the challenges of recreating the literary history of the 21st-century novel. He will discuss how to create an archive, what research and critical materials are available, and what kinds of cultural and academic pressures one should acquiesce to or resist.

Sam Kean

Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Gregg Hall (Porter Hall 100)

Writer Sam Kean will deliver a talk based on his book, The Disappearing Spoon. Kean will present the history behind the elements of the periodic table.

In addition to The Disappearing Spoon, Kean has authored The Violinist’s Thumb. His work has been featured on Radiolab and National Public Radio station All Things Considered.